Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions you will make! The fact that you decided to earn a university degree indicates your desire to further develop your skills, explore and pursue your dreams and goals, and eventually find or create meaningful work. Career planning takes careful self-reflection and research. We encourage you to get involved with volunteer and leadership opportunities and actively seek practical experiences which will help you assume different roles, explore a variety of paid and unpaid environments, and determine what kinds of work will “fit” you best.
The combined impact of your experiences inside and outside of the classroom are preparing you for your future. Take advantage of the infinite opportunities and resources around you at Western and in the London community – your career has already begun. It’s never too early to start planning. The Student Success Centre at Western is here to help.
How to get started – career planning ideas for:
- 1st Year Students (pdf)
- 2nd Year Students (pdf)
- 3rd Year Students (pdf)
- 4th Year Students (pdf)
- Graduate Students (pdf)
- Alumni (pdf)
- Set Realistic Goals
Career goal setting helps determine what you will want from your career and from your life. As a student, goals help you focus on “why” and “what” you are studying and provide you with the motivation you need to achieve the best results possible.Read More
- Take an Assessment
- Before making career decisions, it can be helpful to explore your interests, skills, personality, and values. Read More
- What's Stopping You?
- During the process of achieving your career goals you will probably face some roadblocks. To continue with your plans, you will need to prepare for the expected obstacles and decide how to face the challenge of the unexpected. Read More
- How Do You Make Decisions?
- What kind of a decision maker are you? Are you a careful planner who weighs out the pros and cons of your options – or are you a spontaneous decision-maker who decides quickly, depending on feelings and intuition? Read More